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Frog Backpack Gets The Jump On Back-to-School Fashion

Kick your schoolday fashion quotient into high gear with the Frog Backpack from Japan's Tokyo Otaku Mode. The shiny (not slimy) backpack features straps disguised as amphibian arms and “skin” as green as a new lily pad.

The Mink 3-D Make Up Printer: Wearable Tech’s Cosmetic Innovation

Harvard graduate, Grace Choi, has invented a 3-D prototype printer called Mink that enables users to print any form of makeup right from their home. Read on to learn more about this amazing wearable tech innovation.

School Running Track Sports Innovative Rooftop Design

A four-story tall Chinese elementary school with space issues and an oval roof solved the former by utilizing the latter, laying down a rubberized rooftop track surface and securely fencing it in.

Curry Restaurant Background Music CDs Are So Hot Right Now

Opening up a curry restaurant in Japan? Unless you've already arranged for a house band to soothe diners ears while your food sears their palates, you'll want to invest in JVC Music's series of Indian Curry Music BGM CDs.

The Beauty Spoon Helps You Get More Beautiful Bang For Your Buck

Nothing in your beauty routine is as aggravating as seeing product left in a bottle, and you just can't quite reach it. Pump lotions and serums often leave product at the bottom, and if your lotions are expensive, you're not just wasting your favorite cream. You're wasting money. Behold the Beauty Spoon, a flexible spatula-like spoon that lets your scrape out every drop. Get all the bang for your buck that you can, and stay beautiful while you're at it.

Zotac Zbox Pico Is A Smartphone-Sized Windows PC

Despite being barely larger than its own AC adapter, Zotac's latest Zbox system nonetheless runs Windows 8.1 and boasts a respectable array of features.

Retro 2 Con Famicom Earphone Mic Channels Classic 1980's Gamer Design

The Retro 2 Con Famicom Earphone Mic from Datel Japan evokes the Eighties 8-bit era and Nintendo's groundbreaking Famicom without sacrificing the high-tech conveniences we've all come to know and love.

New Toyota Mark X Yellow Label – A Better, Brighter Camry?

Toyota's Mark X (pronounced “Mark EX”) offers Camry-class car buyers a front engine/rear drive alternative (with optional AWD) to the popular front-drive Camry. Now Toyota's sweetening the deal by offering specially-trimmed versions of the Mark X in a choice of colors including the lemon-hued Yellow Label.

Undercover Colors Nail Polish: Wearable Tech Meets Crime Prevention

Can science combine with fashion accessories to prevent sexual assault? According to one fingernail polish start-up company, the answer, hands down, is yes. Read on for more about this unexpected collaboration.

Undercover Colors Nail Polish: Why Detecting Date Rape Drugs Isn't That Easy

By now you've probably heard of Undercover Colors as the latest innovation, not only in nail polish, but in date rape prevention. There's been a lot of excitment over such a helpful product, but could this polish be less than it's cracked up to be? Undercover Colors might not be a failproof preventative solution to date rape, but it's on the right track.

Brush Hour: The World's 7 Neatest & Sweetest Street Sweepers

Street sweepers might not have the celebrity clout of other motorized vehicles but you'll appreciate them every time one of those “cool” cars doesn't leave you in its dust.

GausWheel Spirit: A New Freestyle Urban Scooter With Attitude

Dubbed “the new freestyle urban scooter”, the next-gen GausWheel Spirit from Hungary's Soma Ungar Design combines the best features of skateboards, scooters, unicycles and – believe it or not – downhill skis.

The Noggle Lets Kids Enjoy The AC From The Back Seat

Can't enjoy the icy blast of AC with the kids complaining about the heat from the back seat? The Noggle is an easy to install and easy to use device to get the cool air to the backseat quicker.

MINI Businessman Concept Car Channels Tomorrow's MINI Today

If today's MINI compact car is a triumph of retro automotive style, what will BMW's boxy British brand look like tomorrow? The MINI Businessman Concept revealed by students from the International School of Design in Valenciennes, France, offers us a tantalizing glimpse of MINI's future.

BioBeats and The Pulse App: Can Music Rule Your Mind?

Similar in concept to those mood rings of decades past, BioBeats has tapped into a new idea with a special app that can play music that reflects your current state of mind based on the rate of your heart. Read on for more on this fascinating topic.

World's First 3D-Printed Vertebra Implanted Into 12-Year-Old Beijing Boy

Intel Inside? We're almost there thanks to doctors at Peking University Third Hospital who successfully implanted the world's first 3D-printed vertebra into a young Chinese boy's neck.

Hormel Black Label Bacon-Fueled Motorcycle Is One Hot Crispy Ride

The Hormel Black Label Bacon-Fueled Motorcycle, based on the rare Track T800 CDI chopper, features an 800cc, three-cylinder diesel engine purposely tuned to run on 100% biodiesel... ideally sourced from bacon grease, of course.

Get Your Gallic On: Frito-Lay Japan Introduces Doritos Gourmet Garlic & Sea Treasure Tortilla Chips

Frito-Lay Japan's new Doritos Gourmet Garlic & Sea Treasure Tortilla Chips evoke the rich flavor of classic French bouillabaisse served with grilled garlic bread. It's a taste you'll treasure, albeit for a limited time only.

Making it Real: A 3-D Exhibition of Print Ready Projects

Making It Real is an innovative global exhibition featuring new and edgy designs for  3-D print-ready jewelry, products, fine art and other small objects. Read on to learn more about this new and fascinating digital fabrication display that began last year.

Chinese Facekini Fad Inspires French Fashion Mag Photoshoot

Those freakish “face-kini” masks worn by legions of sun-avoiding Chinese women have made the jump to haute couture thanks to a photoshoot featured in former Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld's new magazine, CR Fashion Book.